How To Make No Knead Bread

I love bread. There’s no if, ands or buts about it, I LOVE bread. If there is bread on the table I’m going to eat it. If there’s bread baking, I’ll wait for it. For me a loaf of homemade bread straight out of the oven slathered with a little buttah is heavenly. With a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil, swoon. Add some herbs to that olive oil and back off. Hello my name is Paula and I am a full blown carbaholic. Glad I got that off my chest.

Making bread isn’t as hard as you would imagine. Yes it is time consuming but anything worth it always is. This recipe is easy. It is indeed no knead as the title says. Almost too good to be true but it’s for real. This recipe has been around for years and there is a reason for it. It works. I baked this loaf in my 6 3/4 Oval Le Creuset for a change. Typically I use my round 6 quart. Either way you’re going to have a crusty loaf of homemade bread that your friends and family will swear you picked up from the bakery.

Once you have baked that gorgeous loaf of bread you’re going to need to slice it. See that knife? Sexy isn’t she. It’s a SUPER BREAD KNIFE from New West Knifeworks. “Though called a super bread, it is much more than just a bread knife.  This is the utimate slicer for meats, tomatoes, gravalax, and any other soft food that tends to crush when cut with a straight edged knife.  Because the edge cuts so aggressively, many chefs use this as their primary knife for prep work as it will cut through a crate of vegetables with virtually no effort.”

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you know I lurve those knives. They’re the only knives I use. Period. They’re 100% American made and they’re committed to manufacturing here in the US and hope to grow into the premier maker of fine American chef knives and make a knife that will surpass even the big Japanese and German brands. These knives cut through anything like it was buttah. A good knife is worth it’s weight in kitchen gold. And these are GOOD knives. These are GREAT knives. Can you tell I lurve them? Now would you like to try and win some?

Edited to add. Giveaway has ended. Thank you so much for your entries. New West Knifeworks has notified the winner.


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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by New West Knifeworks. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be. I just happen to love them.


How To Make No Knead Bread


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon regular yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cover with a towel (or plastic wrap) and leave in a warm spot for 6-8 hours (or even overnight) to rise.
  2. Form dough into a ball by stretching and pinching it at bottom (dough will be very sticky - use floured hands) Place on a piece of parchment paper. Cover with towel and allow to rise for 1 hour (or until it doubles in size)
  3. Place French Oven into oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
  4. When dough has doubled in size place it into French Oven. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and cook for additional 15 minutes until crust is golden.
  6. Allow bread to cool before slicing.



  1. 1

    Me me! I want to win! These knives are too pretty! And the bread looks amazing.

  2. 2
    Athena /

    Love no knead bread…yum!

  3. 3

    Why haven’t I made that no knead bread yet? What is wrong with me? It looks amazing!

    And, yes, there are few things better than a sharp bread knife. These are stunning!

  4. 4

    I’ve seen this bread recipe before, I really knead to try it! Awesome photos…
    The knives are fabulous, neat giveaway!

  5. 5

    At the risk of showing my cooking novice-ness, is the French oven pan cast iron enamel? If a person didn’t have one, what other sort of pans could be used? I do have a cast iron frying pan or Pyrex casserole dishes?

    • 5.1

      Hi Nicole,
      The French Oven (also known as a Dutch Oven) is enamel over cast iron. You can use a cast iron pot dutch oven with lid or I have heard a stock pot with metal lid will work as well (although I haven’t personally tried that method).

  6. 6

    Those knives are suuuuper sexy. And so is no knead bread. I’m all over it.

  7. 7

    I will definitely have to try this!

    Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful knives!

  8. 8

    Love those knives and that bread doesn’t look too shabby either. Yumm!

  9. 9

    I have never heard of no knead bread. I have tortured myself with kneading and kneading, can’t wait to try this recipe. Although kneading and whisking are about the only exercise I get….what to do, what to do?

  10. 10

    This looks so lovely! Yum!

  11. 11
    Suzanne B /

    OMG – what beautiful knives……..what a giveaway!!

  12. 12

    Oh dear, I love bread and I love baking bread, here is some of my breads: Adding this recipe to my collection, and will definitely try it next time I bake bread. 🙂

  13. 13
    Elle Hyson /

    From one carboholic/bread freak to another, I salute you. I follow bell’alimento on Facebook, I bake no-knead bread pretty regularly (except during the 105 degree weather in Raleigh in June/July) and am really in need of a new bread knife. So I submit this with my fingers crossed and thanks for your great blog.

  14. 14

    This recipe is awesome. My brother-in-law recently made it and added kalamata olives to the dough. DELISH!

  15. 15
    Mattie /

    Wish they had made these knives when I was still working as a chef! They are a work of art. I’d love to have a set of them.

  16. 16
    Patty Kasiewicz /

    I am definitley trying this, i got arthritis in my hands but we love fresh bread made at home.

  17. 17

    A fabulous bread recipe and a knife set giveaway in one post? Paula, you’re doubly delightful!

  18. 18

    Me! I am just in awe of the look of the knife set, what a beauty they are. I entered the contest via twitter, hope that helps! Thanks again.

  19. 19

    wow, what beautiful knives!!

    And the bread is even more beautiful. I could live off of it. Let’s carb load together girl. 🙂

  20. 20

    I have to try this bread, it sounds amazing! I really love the New West Knives, they are beautiful and so functional!

  21. 21

    these knives are SO gorgeous! i entered – crossing my fingers!!

  22. 22

    That is one gorgeous loaf Paula!! There’s nothing like freshly made bread.

  23. 23

    I’ve always loved these knives. So gorgeous. And the bread too… because I’m a total carboholic.

  24. 24
    Heather Goodman /

    Oh my goodness! As a young mom of 4 little ones I am LOVING your blog. I just stumbled upon it a few days ago and then I see this giveaway!! There’s no way I would ever be able to buy these knives on what we make now so winning this would be so GREAT! I had never even seen or heard of these knives before now. Thanks for the heads up on a great produt and Thanks for the delish recipes…and the giveaway.

  25. 25
    Glenn /

    Beautiful knives would be nice my 20+ Yr old Gerber’s are getting a bit long in the tooth! Is this similar to Jim Leahy’s Sullivan St. Bakery recipe? Makes Rustic breads a cinch…Great looking Batard!

  26. 26

    wonderful giveaway – i desperately need new knives!

  27. 27

    That bread looks so crusty and fantastic! Pinning it!

  28. 28
    Cristine /

    Ooohhh those knives are simply gorgeous! I Love Bellalimento!!! Your recipes are simple yet divine!

  29. 29
    Heather Goodman /

    I already entered the giveaway for these beautiful knives that I am currently coveting…however I also finally made this bread and it is SO YUMMY! Much easier than the bread recipe that I had previously! THANK you for sharing it!!


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